Movie producer speaks to Video Art II

By Allison Hamburger
The executive producer of the upcoming comedy “Beware the Gonzo” told the eighth period Video Art II class April 29 that the best stories come from personal experiences.
Jenny Fritz ’91 also spoke of her time at Westlake and her transition from working as an agent to making the Tribeca Film Festival movie with director and writer Bryan Goluboff.
“I was missing that feeling of involvement, and even if [a movie] sucks, I’d rather be shouldering it and not 10 feet away from it,” Fritz said to Visual Art teacher Kevin O’Malley’s class. O’Malley taught Fritz at Westlake. She said to not abandon failures, but to learn from them.
“Beware the Gonzo” will be in Los Angeles and New York theaters in September. The Video Art II class watched the movie before Fritz’s visit.
“The movie came together in a sort of serendipitous way,” Fritz said. The film focuses on a high school journalist kicked off of the newspaper who subsequently starts his own paper. The premise is based on Goluboff’s similar experience. Fritz was also inspired by John Hughes’ 1980s teen films.
“I always think that the best movies and the best written movies are from personal experiences,” Fritz said.